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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

The ceramics industry is eyeing $100 million in exports by 2012, the Bangladesh Ceramic Ware Manufacturers' Association chairman says.

"We expect to export ceramics worth $100 m by 2012, provided the government supports us as required," Rashed Mowdud Khan told bdnews24.com in a recent interview.
 
"The growth rate of the sector is considerable in the competitive international market," said Khan, also the chairman of Bengal Fine Ceramics.
 
The Export Promotion Bureau statistics put the total value of exported ceramic products from the 21 Bangladeshi manufacturers at $38.33 m in the FY 2006-07, up by 28 percent from the preceding year's.
 
According to the BCWMA figures, Bangladesh exported only $1 million worth of ceramic wares in 1991 before recording a staggering 695 percent growth in about a decade, investing nearly Tk 2,000 crore and employing some one lakh workers.
 
Of the products, ceramic table wares are being exported to about 50 countries including the US and Canada, tiles to India, Nepal and Bhutan and sanitary wares to the Middle East, specially the UAE.
 
The BCWMA say they sell ceramic products worth about Tk 700 crore in the domestic market and pay close to Tk 200 crore in taxes.
 
"In another decade's time, with the government ensuring energy supply and expedited refund of the import duties paid upon execution of exports, Bangladesh's can become one of the three largest global ceramics exporters," said Mahmudur Rahman, chairman, Artisan Ceramics, an export-focused ceramics manufacturing company.
 
"We are using the most advanced 'bone China' technology and the labour costs here are relatively less compared with the developed nations. Also, as an LDC (least developed country) member, Bangladesh enjoys tax exemptions."
 
"Since value addition in the ceramics sector happens to be the most, the government should promote it in its efforts to assume another major export earner's magnitudes."

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